Included in the .Net Framework 3.5 SP1
In addition, the .Net Framework 3.5 SP1 includes ADO.Net Data Services and ADO.Net Entity Framework, which raise the level of abstraction for database programming and supply both a new model-based paradigm and a rich, standards-based framework for creating data-oriented Web services. With this service pack, Visual Studio 2008 and the .Net Framework 3.5 also support SQL Server 2008. "Visual Studio 2008 SP1 is more than a service pack. It is the ship vehicle for the Entity Framework as well as "Astoria" aka ADO.Net Data Services as well as Dynamic Data," said Stephen Forte, a developer focusing on the Microsoft platform. "So it is full of new features on top of any 'service pack' items we may care about.""It's a rare thing to have the right business opportunity at the right time with the right people," said Galen Earl Murdock, president and CEO of Veracity Solutions. "It's even [rarer] to have the right technology at the same time. Such was our experience with FreeNatal. ADO.Net Data Services and ADO.Net Entity Framework were precisely what the team needed to deliver a secure, robust back-end for this product. It's not often the planets align like that." Murdock said he was initially skeptical about the Microsoft technology. "We knew that FreeNatal would be a rich, AJAX-based Web application. We also knew that we'd store the data in SQL Server," he said. "The question was how to connect the two-what to put in the middle. Entity Framework seemed like a no-brainer, but we were wary about the new technology on the block-ADO.Net Data Services. Imagine how pleased we were to have a technology completely measure up to our needs and expectations." Meanwhile, Gregg Jensen, a senior software engineer at Veracity Solutions, said:
For their part, to help medical staff reduce manual, paper-based processes, Misys Healthcare Systems and Veracity Solutions collaborated to create FreeNatal, a Web-based application that provides prenatal care providers with an easy-to-use, secure interface for managing patients' records. Using Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 SP1 and the Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 SP1, eight members from the Misys-Veracity team created the application. By taking advantage of these powerful technologies, the team increased development speed by 60 percent, enabling accelerated market delivery and further strengthening their respective positions in the health care informatics industry.